PIQUA — Piqua High School teacher Greg Hawk has been placed on administrative leave after reportedly being accused of misconduct. According to an instant connect message that Piqua High School Principal Tony Lyons sent to parents Monday evening, “Mr. Hawk has been accused of unprofessional behavior by several of our students.”
Piqua City Schools are unable to release at this time what the alleged misconduct was. The Piqua Police Department is investigating the alleged incident.
In addition to being placed on administrative leave, Hawk was also “instructed not to have contact with the district or students during this investigation.”
Hawk is a math teacher at Piqua High School and has also served as an assistant band director and tennis coach.
“At Piqua High School, we care deeply about our students and take every accusation very seriously,” Lyons stated in the message. “We have not yet come to any conclusions, but we are conducting a thorough investigation and we will follow due process for all concerned.”
Lyons later added, “I will commit to you that I will be as open and honest as I can throughout this entire process. At Piqua High School, we believe in transparency with our community regarding all of our challenges and triumphs.”
Concerned parents or people with further questions or who have something to share regarding the situation are encouraged to contact Detective Philip Crusey with the Piqua Police Department at (937) 778-2027 ext. 3012.
Superintendent Rick Hanes of Piqua City Schools also sent a letter home with students on Tuesday outlining those same details as Lyons.
Chief of Police Bruce Jamison with the Piqua Police Department issued a press release on Tuesday afternoon confirming the investigation and providing tips for parents on how to deal with the situation. Jamison explained that administrators with Piqua City Schools contacted the Piqua Police Department on Friday, Dec. 4, in connection with these allegations.
“We appreciate the school district’s willingness to involve our department so early in an investigation,” Jamison said. “We think involving ourselves during early interviews and evidence collection protects the integrity of the evidence in the event a sensitive case such as this does lead to indications of criminal behavior.”
Absent imminent threats to citizens requiring warnings, the Piqua Police Department does not provide details of ongoing investigations and does not release the names of uncharged suspects, according to Jamison. In this case, the Piqua Police Department is confirming the information as released by the Piqua City Schools in their communication to parents on Monday. New information generated by this awareness should be sent directly to the Piqua Police Department.
Jamison explained that the Piqua Police Department understands “the concern and anxiety experienced by parents in situations such as these as they worry about their child’s safety. Parents want as much information as possible to protect their children.”
The Piqua Police Department is offering the following tips “to help parents deal most effectively with these concerns, without encouraging actions counterproductive to a fair investigation.”
For concerns about this specific, alleged incident:
• Start any conversation by asking your child what they already know
• Listen to the response without judgment toward any staff or students involved; and
• Notify the Piqua Police Department if it appears your child was exposed to any unprofessional behavior that should be investigated further.
For general safety concerns, Piqua Police Department suggests going to this credible source of information and resources: BeHereForKids.org.
“This site includes age-appropriate discussion guides for talking to kids about their safety, without creating fear,” according to Jamison. “These resources help us show our kids that their safety is important to the entire community.”
The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.piquaoh.org/police_submitatip.htm for more information.
To submit an anonymous tip through text messaging, type the keyword PIQUAPD and the message, then send it to 274637.
Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall